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Winner and loser of the week: Melissa Villaseñor becomes first Latina SNL member; Marc Jacobs under fire during fashion week

Why Marc Jacobs, why?

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Why Marc Jacobs, why?

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September

Winner

Melissa Villaseñor. The comedian/Youtube star who demanded our attention on Season 6 of America's Got Talent for her impressions is now a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Only this is a way bigger deal because Villaseñor will be the first ever Latina cast member in the show's history. Finally, after 41 seasons. The show has been criticized for its lack of diversity before. (There have only been two Latino performers featured on SNL - Fred Armisen, whose mother is from Venezuela, and Horatio Sanz, who was born in Chile.) We're excited to see what Villaseñor brings to the show. The first episode airs on Oct. 1. Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Loser

Marc Jacobs. It wasn't the fun, colorful clothes and handbags sent down the runway that caused a stir at the Marc Jacobs fashion week show, but the models' hair. The mostly white models were styled with faux dreadlocks, and the Internet was not having it, calling out the designer for the cultural appropriation. Hairstylist Guido Palau said the inspiration came from "rave culture, club culture, acid house, Boy George and Marilyn," excluding black culture as an inspiration all together. Jacob's own response in an Instagram comment proved even further that he just didn't know what he was talking about: "And all who cry ‘cultural appropriation' or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner - funny how you don't criticize women of color for straightening their hair." Yeah, you're missing the point.

 

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